National Geographic Giant Pandas The Last Refuge: Deep in the nearly impenetrable forests of the Qin Ling mountains in eastern China, live some of the last remaining wild giant pandas on Earth. Few Westerners have ever observed these irresistible mammals in their natural habitat, closed to foreigners since 1949 and filming them was an almost insurmountable challenge. Take a fascinating journey to the world of these enchanting creatures to observe them in their natural environment. In this unprecedented National Geographic Special, we introduce you to an intimate portrait of the first year in the life of a wild giant panda and the continuing struggle to save the species. Travel with this group of naturalists as they suffer the rigours of the climate and the hardship of the terrain to study the seriously threatened species.